Global Patent Index - EP 0691601 B1

EP 0691601 B1 2001-01-31 - Collapsible keyboard structure for a notebook computer

Title (en)

Collapsible keyboard structure for a notebook computer

Title (de)

Zusammenklappbare Tastaturstruktur für ein Rechner des Typs Notebook

Title (fr)

Structure de clavier pliant pour un ordinateur du type notebook

Publication

EP 0691601 B1 (EN)

Application

EP 95304273 A

Priority

US 26881894 A

Abstract (en)

[origin: EP0691601A1] A notebook computer (10) is provided with a collapsible keyboard structure (12) in which, in response to closing of the computer housing lid (30), the key return spring portions (80) of the keyboard are shifted away from their normal underlying relationships with the keys (40) and the keys (40) are forcibly retracted to a storage/transport orientation in which the overall thickness of the keyboard structure is reduced by an amount essentially equal to the stroke distance (D) of the keys (40). When the lid (30) is subsequently opened, the key return spring portions (80) are shifted back to their normal underlying relationships with the keys (40), and the keys (40) are forced outwardly by the return spring portions (80) to their extended, operative orientations above the return spring portions (80). <MATH>

IPC 1-7 (main, further and additional classification)

G06F 3/02; G06F 1/16; H01H 13/70

IPC 8 full level (invention and additional information)

G06F 3/02 (2006.01); G06F 1/16 (2006.01); H01H 13/705 (2006.01); H01H 3/12 (2006.01)

CPC (invention and additional information)

G06F 1/1616 (2013.01); G06F 1/1666 (2013.01); H01H 13/705 (2013.01); H01H 3/125 (2013.01); H01H 2221/068 (2013.01)

Designated contracting state (EPC)

AT BE CH DE DK ES FR GB IE IT LI NL SE

EPO simple patent family

EP 0691601 A1 19960110; EP 0691601 B1 20010131; AT 199047 T 20010215; CA 2152971 A1 19951231; CA 2152971 C 19981229; DE 69520015 D1 20010308; DE 69520015 T2 20010607; JP 2857353 B2 19990217; JP H0854964 A 19960227; US 5532904 A 19960702; US 5654872 A 19970805

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